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COSBURN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-16 published
GRAVES, Leslie -- In Meaford, on Friday, November 15, 2002, William Leslie 'Les' GRAVES of Meaford and formerly of Newmarket, in his 91st year. Husband of the late Grace WRIGHTMAN (January 22, 1981.) Beloved friend of Velma ALMAS of Meaford and fondly remembered by her family. Loved father of Ruth and her husband Albert COSBURN of Newmarket; Mrs. Betty LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH of Brockville; and Earl GRAVES and his wife Marilyn of Keswick. Sadly missed 'Granddad' of Stephen (Mary) COSBURN; Shelley (Bryan) RENNIE; Eunice (Frank) McGOURAN and Cindy (David) BARR; Kerry (Sharon) LEACH/LEECH/LEITCH; Kim (Doug) HILL and Tara (Bill) HARDEN; Cheryl GRAVES (Chris.) Loving great-granddad of nine. Also survived by a brother Milton GRAVES and his wife Jean of Keswick. Dear half brother of Maudie WALKER of Stayner Jim GRAVES of Washago; Ralph GRAVES of Woodville; and Lloyd GRAVES of Lindsay; and remembered by their families. Predeceased by a sister Beatrice ROSE and brother Howard GRAVES. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Family will receive Friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher Street, Meatford, on Saturday from 7 until 9 p.m. Thence to Roadhouse And Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket, for visitation on Sunday from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Services will be conducted at the Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home on Monday, November 18 at 1 o'clock. Interment and committal at Queensville Cemetery to follow. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation or the Meaford General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

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COSBY o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-05-15 published
Phyllis COSBY
In loving memory of Phyllis COSBY who passed away at the at Manitoulin Health Centre on Sunday, May 12, 2002 at the age of 66 years.
Dear wife of Willard COSBY. Loving mother of Charlie and Diane of Sault Ste, Marie, David and Lexi of Little Current, Janis and Don MOUSSEAU of Espanola, Jo-Anne TITOV of North Bay. Cherished grandmother of Michael, Matthew, Alicia, Peter and friend Bonnie, Andrew, Jeremy, Alexandria, Bradley, Allison, Amanda, Gregory, Kimberly and great grandmother of Peter Jr. Sister of Don, Ivan, Lyle and Reaola RUZYSKI (all predeceased,) Lyla PINEAULT, Tom and Doreen WRIGHT, Ruby CANNARD, Pearl FERGUSON (predeceased), Frank and Rhonda WRIGHT, Mamie and Bill SIM, Linda WRIGHT, Betty MADAHBEE. Fondly remembered by Aunt Doris MICHIE of Little Current and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Service was held at 2: 30 p.m. Tuesday May 14, 2002 at Island Funeral Home. Burial to take place at Cold Springs Cemetery.

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COSGROVE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-24 published
WEAVERS, Gertrude -- Went to be with her Lord on Sunday, December 22, 2002, at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Gertrude Evelyn WEAVERS (née TAILOR/TAYLOR,) in her 85th year, was the beloved wife of the late Leonard WEAVERS (1989.) Loving mother of Laura (Mrs. Ed SOUTH) of Violet Hill, Carol COSGROVE and her companion Hal of Brampton, Ted WEAVERS and his wife Joan of Beeton, David WEAVERS and his wife Jean of Richmond Hill, Phillip WEAVERS of Alberta and Paul WEAVERS and his wife Renee of Woodville. Dearly remembered by 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and her supportive friend Reg TURTON of Sunderland. Predeceased by 4 brothers Bill, Tom, Earle and Jack, 1 sister Violet SHERMAN, and 1 grand_son Andrew. Friends are invited to call at the Thorne Funeral Home in Cannington on Thursday, December 26th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, December 27th, 2002 at 1: 00 p.m. Spring interment Thornhill Cemetery. As a remembrance, donations to the Gideons International or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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COSTA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-16 published
COSTA, Leontina Machado -- (March 27, 1938 - December 14, 2002) Peacefully at hospital in Mississauga. Predeceased by her husband Andre. Dearly loved mother of Andre, Luis, Paulo and his wife Joselyn CRISTOBAL. Dear grandmother of Sean and Steven CRISTOBAL. Loved sister of Jenuina, Emilia, Lucia, Irondina, José, Antonio (deceased). Visitation 2-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Ryan & Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin. Visitor parking lot located off Dufferin just north of Dundas. Funeral Mass 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Helen's Church, 1680 Dundas St. W. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery.

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COSTA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-21 published
ROCHA, Maria Silvanna -- (January 14, 1935 - December 20, 2002.) Suddenly, at hospital in Mississauga. Beloved wife of Manuel. Dearly loved mother of Rosa BARCELOS (José), José FERNANDO (Lucia), Merces COSTA (Artur), Ana Maria CARVALHO (Fausto), Maria Irene LIMA (Pedro,) Veronica ANDRADE (Carlos,) Carma LIMA (Sergio.) Fondly remembered by the Rocha grandchildren. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W., at Dufferin. Visitor parking lot located off Dufferin just north of Dundas. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Monday at St. Helen's Church, 1680 Dundas St. W. Interment Prospect Cemetery.

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COSTANZO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
RICCIARDELLI, Giovanni Biase (John) -- On Sunday, November 17, 2002, Giovanni passed away at the McMaster University Hospital at the age of 82. Loving husband of Carmela (née CAVOTO) beloved father of Nick (Badri) and Ted RICCIARDELLI. Cherished nonno of Atyeh and Parisa. Brother of Antonio (Natalina) RICCIARDELLI, Mike (Natalina) RICCIARDELLI and Natalina (Antonio) COSTANZO. Predeceased by his sister Diodorina. Giovanni will fondly be remembered by his many nephews and nieces. Mr. RICCIARDELLI is resting at the Niagara-On-The-Lake Chapel of the Morgan Funeral Homes, 415 Regent St. where his family will receive Friends on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Vigil will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 8: 00 o'clock. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church on Thursday morning at 11: 00 o'clock. Rite of committal will follow at Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery. In memory of Giovanni those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Hotel Dieu Hospital Oncology Unit. On line guest register www.morganfuneral.com

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COSTELLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-11 published
The greater glory of a former National Hockey League player turned Flying Father
By Roy MacGREGOR Wednesday, December 11, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page A2
Statistics, they say, don't tell the whole story.
In Les COSTELLO's case, they barely touch it.
The one he picked up yesterday will complete a 74-year run: Feb. 16, 1928, to Dec. 10, 2002.
The National Hockey League record book will say, equally forever: one season, 15 games, two goals, three assists -- but even here the numbers will cover only a small portion of Les COSTELLO's remarkable story.
He played but part of one year after having come up, a scrawny 158-pounder from South Porcupine, Ontario, to join the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1948 Stanley Cup playoffs. Just turned 20, he would score two goals and two assists in only five playoff games to help the Leafs to the Stanley Cup as the best hockey team in the world.
He played with Teeder KENNEDY, Howie MEEKER and Syl APPS, and might have played for years had he not simply packed up his equipment in the spring of 1950 and left for the seminary, certain he would rather be a priest than a player, a young man in search of quite different glory.
Some said he could have been a great one.
Yesterday, when Les COSTELLO died in Toronto -- having been in a coma since falling on the ice a week earlier in a charity hockey game -- they said he had indeed become a great one.
I will not pretend to have known him well. My only acquaintance with him, oddly enough, was on the ice, though he last played in the National Hockey League the year I was born. But twice, once in 1983, and then again a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be on the ice opposite the Flying Fathers, the madcap, charming and yes, highly talented -- hockey team that Reverend Les COSTELLO helped put together in the early 1960s to raise money for charity.
In 1983 that cause was the Jocelyn Lovell Trust Fund. LOVELL, an Olympic cyclist, had been run off the road by a dump truck while training and would never race again. National Hockey League hall-of-famer Ken DRYDEN helped launch a campaign to raise money for the injured athlete and had combined a number of former hockey stars -- among them Gordie HOWE, Andy BATHGATE, Paul HENDERSON, Frank MAHOVLICH and Eddie SHACK -- with some oddball additions that included artist Ken DANBY, lacrosse legend Jack BIONDA, a certain sports media hack and, as coach, broadcaster Peter GZOWSKI.
Contrary to expectations, however, the old hockey greats were not the stars of the game. That belonged, almost exclusively, to Les COSTELLO and his madcap, slapstick hijinks. Perhaps you had to be there but, rest assured, the funniest person on the ice was not Mr. SHACK and the slickest not Mr. BATHGATE. Les COSTELLO might even have been more physical than Mr. HOWE. And just for the record, he did not take the Lord's name in vain during the game. He did, however, use just about every other method of swearing.
What was astonishing about that game was that Les COSTELLO had only recently learned to skate again. A few winters earlier he had become lost in the bush while hunting and lost all but two of his toes to frostbite.
No one remembers the score of that long-ago game, but all who were there remember the good-hearted Costello, his continual laughter, his bag of tricks -- and the cheque for $30,000 he and Ken DRYDEN turned over to Jocelyn LOVELL that night.
They talk about the importance of heart in hockey, but some of those who leave the game behind have even bigger hearts. Les COSTELLO returned to Northern Ontario, where he became a legend of a different sort in Schumacher, close by Timmins and his boyhood home of South Porcupine. He kept up his connections to hockey through younger brother Murray, who played several years in the National Hockey League and later served as president of the Canadian Hockey Association, and also with his Flying Fathers, who became to hockey what the Harlem Globetrotters have always been to basketball.
He was renowned as a priest for his terrible jokes, and insisted on leading off his weekly sermons with one -- at times being less than discretionary in his choice of opener. But if he was unpredictable in behaviour, he was totally predictable in reaction: If anyone needed help, he would be there for them. He set up a mission and gave out food and furniture to those in need. The rectory door at St. Alphonsus was never locked. There was always room at the inn, no matter what a person's faith or lack of faith.
"My philosophy is simple," he once said. "Bring happiness and joy into the lives of everyone you meet.
"Not a bad philosophy, I figure."
Not bad at all.
And, oh yes, one more statistic just to round things out.
Amount raised for charity: $4-million.

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COSTELLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-11 published
Former Maple Leaf led Flying Fathers
Staff, Canadian Press Wednesday, December 11, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page S2
Father Les COSTELLO, who gave up a promising career with the Toronto Maple Leafs to devote his life to the church, died yesterday afternoon. He was 74.
COSTELLO helped the Leafs win a Stanley Cup in 1948, but he was better known as a founding member of the Flying Fathers, a barnstorming team of Roman Catholic priests that has raised more than $4-million for charity since the early 1960s.
Born in South Porcupine, Ontario, COSTELLO was a graduate of St. Michael's College School in Toronto, a hockey powerhouse that has produced more than 100 National Hockey League players, including Frank MAHAVOLICH and COSTELLO's younger brother Murray.
He spent three seasons with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League between 1947 and 1950, and played in five playoff games with the Leafs in 1948, scoring two goals and two assists. He played 15 games the following season and then surprised the hockey world by entering St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto.
He was ordained in 1957 and spent most of his career at St. Alphonsus Church in Schumacher, Ontario, in northern Ontario. He modelled himself on Saint Martin de Porres, a mixed-race saint from Peru who devoted his life to serving the poor.
"He kept his door open 24 hours a day," said Frank QUINN, the manager of the Flying Fathers. "You'd wake up in the morning and you'd find two or three people sleeping on the couch who he didn't know."
COSTELLO laced his sermons with off-colour jokes and never failed to draw a large crowd on Sundays.
"He's going to be missed," said Gus MORTSON, who played with COSTELLO both as a Maple Leaf and with the Flying Fathers and has attended many of his services. "Now the other Catholic churches in town are going to get some of their members back."
The exploits of the Flying Fathers attracted attention from Hollywood in the late 1970s, prompting director Francis Ford COPPOLA to pay him a visit. As they talked about a possible film deal over a glass of wine, COSTELLO told COPPOLA that he thought his recent film, Apocalypse Now, was immoral.
COPPOLA smiled sheepishly and replied, "Well, it made me a lot of money."
"There are more important things in life than making money," COSTELLO snapped back.
A little over a week ago, COSTELLO hit his head on the ice while playing a game with the Flying Fathers in Kincardine, Ontario He sat out the team's game the next night in Lindsay, Ontario, saying he wasn't feeling well. He was taken to hospital in nearby Peterborough.
The next day he was brought to St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, where he fell into a coma. He died a few hours after his family chose to take him off life support yesterday.
COSTELLO's funeral will be held in Schumacher.
He is survived by his brothers Murray and Jack and his sister Rita.

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COSTELLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-13 published
HILL, Mary Carol (née COSTELLO) -- Passed away suddenly, and peacefully at home on Lake Obabika on Sunday, November 10, 2002, at the age of 54. She will be greatly missed by her husband Alex Matthias. Cherished daughter of Mary and the late Harold COSTELLO. She will be sadly missed by her children Michael HILL (Nancy,) Mary Agnes McNAUGHTON (Josh), Andrea HILL, David HILL, Brendan, Christopher, Justin, Carol Lee Bivand, and her stepdaughter Natasha MATTHIAS. Predeceased by her son Cody Bivand. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Aidan, Liadan, Maia, and Finnlay. Dear sister of Paul (Pamela,) Brian (Kathy,) John (Lisa) COSTELLO, and Claire (Bob) CORUPE. Resting at the Martyn Funeral Home, North Bay on Friday, November 15 from 12 noon until time for funeral services in the funeral home chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow the service. If desired, donations to your favourite charity would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Martyn Funeral Home, 464 Wyld Street, North Bay, Ontario P1B 1Z5, 705-472-8810.

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COSTELLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-17 published
Beloved priest's life comes full circle
Last respects paid at hockey arena where it all began
Kate HARRIES Ontario Reporter
Timmins--He was loud and plain-spoken and larger than life.
He was a man's man who could face down the most combative miner in this rough northern community.
And he was a priest who drew on a bottomless well of compassion and tenderness to comfort the disadvantaged and oppressed.
Yesterday, with tears and laughter, 2,000 people said farewell to Reverend Les COSTELLO in a mass celebrated at the local hockey arena.
It was full circle for the former Toronto Maple Leaf, who skated away from fame to join the priesthood and found fame of a different sort when he co-founded the madcap Flying Fathers hockey team that toured the continent and raised more than $4 million for charity.
"There's an irony in how this whole thing happened, you know the game got him going in life and it was the game that brought him down," his brother Murray, also a former Maple Leaf and ex-president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, told the crowd.
COSTELLO died a week ago today from a head injury suffered in a fall during a pre-game warmup in Kincardine on November 30. He played again in Peterborough but felt unwell and was taken to St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He was 74.
The venerable McIntyre arena, the scene of yesterday's funeral service, was the focus of much of his life. It was just down the road from his parents' home in the South Porcupine area of Timmins and a stone's throw from St. Alphonsus Church in the Schumacher neighbourhood, where he served as parish priest for 23 years.
This is where his hockey career started when, as a lanky 16-year-old with the Holman Pluggers, he helped win an Ontario juvenile trophy. This is where he skated almost every week to the end of his life.
Some 20 members of the Flying Fathers -- both priests and lay players -- travelled north from all over Ontario to pay their respects. A dozen of them sat in a row behind the coffin.
Rev. Donald " Swede" MacLEAN of Aurora celebrated the mass and Rev. Tim SHAY/SHEA of Kingston gave the eulogy.
Arden ARMSTRONG of the St. Alphonsus choir played "What a friend we have in Jesus" on his trumpet. "Father Les loved the trumpet in church," ARMSTRONG confided afterwards.
When it was over and they all filed out, Reverend Vaughan QUINN, madcap goalie for 26 years, gave the coffin a farewell knock in the same way Costello used to encourage Friends and parishioners with a cheerful pat on the back.
"Please be joyful," Quinn had said the night before, during visitation at St. Alphonsus, where Costello lay in an open coffin for two nights, flanked by an Ontario Provincial Police guard of honour. "(Les) is the last person to want a bunch of moping faces looking back at him."
Hockey greats like former Maple Leafs Dickie DUFF and Gus MORTSON, and Pete BABANDO, once of the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, showed up, as did religious luminaries like Monsignor John MURPHY of the archdiocese of Toronto, and Timmins Bishop Pat MARCHAND.
After the mass, there were drinks and sandwiches upstairs, where Friends reminisced.
How long was the drive from Kingston, Shea was asked. "One thousand memories long," he replied, as two vanloads of people from eastern Ontario spent the long hours on the road regaling each other with oft-told tales that lost none of their appeal -- like the time at an audience in Rome, they presented a hockey stick to Pope Paul 6th and Costello tried to show His Holiness how to hold it, "or they'll think you're stirring spaghetti."
Others had stories to share.
Costello is an Irish name, and his cousin, Reverend Jack COSTELLO of Sacred Heart parish in Windsor, fondly recalled trips the two made to Ireland. "You could truly tell it was Father Les's ancestral home because he fit right in wherever he went. He loved to talk and the Irish love to talk."
As family and Friends gathered for a quiet prayer at St. Alphonsus yesterday morning, before a procession to the arena, Reverend Bill SCANLAN of Richmond Hill, one of the mainstays of the Flying Fathers, said, "Costy was a gift to Lord knows how many people.
"We realize that more now than when he was around because he bugged us sometimes," SCANLAN said, looking down at the open coffin.
"God bless. It's the first time I've seen him quiet."

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COSTESCU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-21 published
WHITBY, Norman Ronald (Ron) -- Passed away in Ottawa, in his 82nd year at the Hospice at Maycourt. He will be remembered as a loving and considerate human being: humorous and fun loving proud of his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchild. He created beautiful gardens wherever he went. Ron's life is remembered and celebrated by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) of almost 56 years and his family: Leslie and Jim COSTESCU, Dustin, Misha and Jessica and their child, Ethan; Laurence and Donna, children, Stacey, Brandon and Fiona, Michael, Jennifer; and Roberta (Bertie) and Terry DORMAN and their child, Brian. Ron is survived by his beloved sister, Marjorie BUSHNELL and Jack. A private family service was held at an earlier date. The family thanks the Queensway Carleton Hospital and all the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Hospice at Maycourt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice at Maycourt. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Cole Funeral Services, 613-831-7122.

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COSTIGAN o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-05-22 published
Jean Viola WILLIAMSON
The WILLIAMSON family announces with sadness the passing of their mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at Allendale in Milton, Ontario in her 92nd year.
Jean was born on October 14, 1910 on the DEWAR family farm in Carnarvon Twp., daughter of the late William and Harriet {KAY} DEWAR. Predeceased by her husband Russell (May 6, 1974.)
Loving mother of:
DEWAR (predeceased Dec. 6, 1989) and wife Effie of Traverse City, MI, Pat and husband Mike COSTIGAN of Kitchener, Marjorie and husband Dave McLACHLAN of Oakville, Robert and wife Marca of Tehkummah. Cherished grandmother of Robbie and wife Nadine, Janet and husband Brain BESLEY, Michael COSTIGAN and wife Patti HOWARTH, Kathy COSTIGAN and husband Scott MILLER, Lori COSTIGAN, Susan COSTIGAN and husband John MILLER, David and wife Tammy McLACHLAN, Barb and husband Derek TILLY, Allison McLACHLAN. Proud great grandmother of: Julianne COSTIGAN, Taylor and Brenden BESLEY, Ryan and Justin TILLY, Mackenzie and Emma MILLER, Kaitlyn WILLIAMSON, Kelly and Abby McLACHLAN, Nicholas MILLER. Dear sister of: Reginald and Grace DEWAR, Jack and Maud DEWAR, Grenville and Lorna DEWAR (both predeceased,) Marjorie and Cliff VANHORN (both predeceased.) Survived by in-law's Clarice and Jenny WILLIAMSON, Owen and wife Audrie WILLIAMSON and Howard WILLIAMSON. Will be remembered by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on Monday May 20, 2002 at Mindemoya United Church. Burial in Mindemoya Cemetery. Jean's greatest love was her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed spending her summers at their camp, Eagle's Nest on Lake Manitou, playing bridge, knitting, crocheting and gardening.

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